Festival will make the word go round....

Acrojou's Giant Wheelhouse
Acrojou's Giant Wheelhouse
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Blackpool’s novel way of 
celebrating the best of literature returns once again this summer.

Wordpool, the resort’s annual literary festival, welcomes best-selling authors and award-winning poets to perform across the resort for its eighth year.

Organisers promise a line-up of literary stars better than ever, including a performance from poet Terry Caffrey and a workshop with the acclaimed crime-writer Sophie Hannah.

The festival launches tomorrow with a Murder, Mystery and Martinis event, with writers Ann Cleeves and Peter Robinson, in the Art Deco Café at Stanley Park.

Coun Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “Wordpool is always a fantastic event for all the family.

“Yet again this year, there is a wide variety of talks and events for people to enjoy.

“Even if people have never been to a Wordpool event before, please come along as I’m sure that both children and adults will have a great time.”

Crime writer Sophie 
Hannah will be sharing her secrets at a workshop in Central Library, from 12.30pm on Thursday.

Poet Terry Caffrey, poet in residence for England’s National Football Museum, will be performing his fun but challenging poetry in Blackpool Central Library from 11am on Friday.

And continuing a focus on poetry, Polly Atkin will be launching Wordpool’s first National Poetry competition, with the winning entry set to be displayed in this year’s Illuminations.

The festival will close with a family fun day in Stanley Park on Saturday.

The Wordpool ‘giants’ are creating 12 Giant Lands full of gigantic fun for all ages, including Wooden Spoon Theatre, Acrojou’s Giant Wheelhouse and the Grand Theatre’s Gruffalo trail. The event will be free and runs from 1pm to 4pm.

Tickets for events should be booked in advance, prices vary. To book or for more details, visit: www.blackpoolwordpool.wordpress.com or visit your nearest Blackpool library.